Managing Canine Noise Aversion in Callaway, MD
Does your pet take cover at the first sign of a storm? Do they stick to you like glue and follow you from room to room? It might seem endearing at first, but your pet is probably under a lot of stress. At All Kinds Veterinary Hospital, we know that the stress caused by noise aversion can make life difficult for pets and their families. Therefore, we’re happy to recommend some canine noise aversion options to make noise events easier for them (and you) to manage.
Call us at (301) 994-9919 with questions you might have so one of our team memebers can assist you.
Common Signs of Noise Aversion
Along with hiding or being unusually clingy, pets with noise aversion may also:
- Pace back and forth continuously
- Lay down, get up, and lay down again, over and over
- Tremble uncontrollably
- Refuse to eat
- Whine, bark, or whimper
- Crouch down and remain in the same spot, unmoving
- Become destructive in their attempt to get away from the noise (scratching at doors, chewing furniture)
Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Calm
Our animal hospital offers a few options for calming your pet safely and effectively. Some medications cause a light sedation effect, which may be necessary depending on the severity of your pet’s anxiety and behaviors.
Composure Pro chews contain natural ingredients including tryptophan, theanine, and thiamine. They look (and taste) just like regular treats and support stress reduction and cognitive function in dogs.
Sileo is the first FDA-approved oromucosal gel for dogs that specifically addresses noise aversion and anxiety in dogs. “Oromucosal” refers to the gel being placed between the cheek and gums, where it is absorbed into the mucous membranes (and not ingested). Sileo is effective, safe, and fast-acting, working within 30 minutes to calm your dog and allow them to remain alert and relaxed during thunderstorms and other noise events.
Another option for calming your pet without using sedatives is the Thundershirt. The Thundershirt is a garment that fits snugly around your pet’s midsection to make them feel more secure. The swaddling effect has been found to help both dogs and cats get through thunderstorms and other noisy events, like fireworks celebrations.
Trazadone is an oral medication that dogs can take for separation anxiety, noise phobias, and other potentially stressful situations.
Fluoxetine is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) in capsule form that can help dogs and cats overcome panic, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.